Organization: The National Capital Commission
Timeline for Completion: Ongoing
This conservation area in the Greenbelt contains a unique natural feature: Ottawa’s only inland sand dune complex.
The Pinhey sand dune complex extends from Woodroffe Avenue just south of the Nepean Sportsplex to the intersection of Grenfell Crescent and Burnbank Street. The vegetation in Pinhey Forest was established on old postglacial sand dunes. This unique ecosystem is home to a number of plant and animal species that can live only in well-drained, open areas with exposed, fine-grained sand.
Pinhey Forest is named after the man who donated the land in 1948, with the intention that it be used to demonstrate land conservation practices. Since 2011, the NCC has been working to restore this 10,000-year-old sand dune ecosystem.
Project entered on: April 6, 2021 at 5:25 pm